Ok let’s blow the dust off this thing, otherwise someone’s gonna write “WASH ME” with their finger on my homepage.
- Had a great experience with the No, YOU Tell It! workshop. Got some insightful feedback from my fellow writers, heard my story read aloud ass-kickingly well, and got to read another person’s fabulous story in front of an audience. More fun than a bouncy castle full of nitrous. Listen here to my story, read by Fred Backus, and here to Fred’s story, read by me.
- New year! Feels good, like I’m Peter Gabriel post-Genesis, like 2012 was the last crappy year in a band I outgrew and 2013 is the year I wear robot makeup and compose an epic anthem of independence that will resonate for generations. Or maybe just write some haikus.
- Realized I’m partial to funny men who are partial to cats. There’s a McSweeney’s post in there somewhere. To the typewriter!!
Without a doubt, a highlight of the past few weeks was being invited to participate in the No, YOU Tell It! Reading Series – a workshop in which four writers develop personal stories based on a theme, and then trade stories with another writer for a live reading in front of an audience. If past readings are any indication, it’s a fascinating exercise in point of view and interpretation, as you listen to one person’s experience – complete with cadence and character – come out of another’s mouth. I am thrilled (and a little intimidated!) to be participating in this round.
As I write, I’m trying hard to put aside notions of tone and style as they relate to being read out loud, and just tell the story. But I’m always aware that there’s a difference between how someone might perform (and how an audience will interpret) a first person monologue, versus a piece with a lot of description and exposition. Nonetheless, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable challenge.
The next No, YOU Tell It! reading will take place on Monday, November 12th at 7:30pm.